Celebrating Bhante

Sunday 17th March 10:00am - 4:30pm. Led by Eddie, Michelle, Emma and Sophie

‘It is appropriate that we should be grateful to our teachers, to our spiritual friends, and to the Buddhist tradition. Above it all it is appropriate that we should be grateful to the Buddha, who was himself utterly and indistinctively full of gratitude.’
During the day we will be celebrating Sangharakshita’s life of practice with reverence, gratitude and appreciation. Come, share, rejoice! through talks, meditation, chanting and reflection and your own offering.


Time Activity
10:00am Welcome: Follow the Rainbow Road
10:15am Meditation - Metta from Bhante
11:00am Rejoicing in beauty: A personal talk
11:45am Discussion Groups *
1:00pm Lunch ** (Lunch will be shared in silence to allow for personal reflection)

The Golden Net

Rejoicing in merits: truth and goodness


Two Personal Talks and Contributions from the Sangha

Short Tea Break

3:30pm Puja: Mettā for Bhante
4:30pm Clear up and depart

* You are warmly encouraged to bring and share a recollection of Bhante, a thought, a poem, a reading, a mantra, an image, a presence

** All of our day events run a “bring and share” style lunch, so please bring food to share. All food brought into the centre must be vegetarian, but as many of those attending will be vegan, we suggest vegan only food.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I need to have been coming?

Everyone is welcome, but the day will be especially suitable for those know the stages to the two meditations taught at the centre.

I'm not a very good cook - what food can I bring?

We can never have enough of the basics: things like salad, bread, hummus, crisps and fruit always go down well.

Do I need to book?

No - just turn up!

I can't make the whole day - can I come for just some of it?

Of course! Many people who come for half the day will come just for the morning, leaving at lunch time, or the other way around. But you're welcome to come for whatever parts of the day you can make - just try to turn up at one of the times on the programme so we're not in the middle of an activity.

What is pūjā?

A pūjā is a traditional Buddhist ritual that includes chanting and making offerings.

It is probable that there will be several people who have never done pūjā before so we will be sure to give an introduction.

How much does the day cost?

All of our events are run on a donation basis. There is no set charge, we just ask you to give what you can to support the day. The suggested amount for the whole day is £12.

Where to Find Us

We're just off St. Botolph's Roundabout, across from the Colchester Town Station, just to the left of Mersea Road. Parking is available in Britannia Car Park (behind the station) for £1 or Napier Road Car Park (first right off Mersea Road) for £2.50.

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